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October 2, 2015, 2:58 PM

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Hackers breach crowdfunding site Patreon, dump nearly 15 GB of stolen data online including site's source code, user email addresses, and hashed password data  —  Gigabytes of user data from hack of Patreon donations site dumped online  —  The inclusion of source code and databases suggest breach was extensive.
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How Jack Dorsey evolved as a leader at Square, preparing him to save Twitter  —  Why Jack Dorsey Is Ready to Save Twitter  —  On a fall day in 2010, Jack Dorsey stepped before his staff at Square, his payments startup, to deliver a pep talk at its weekly all-hands meeting.
Nathan Donato-Weinstein / SV Business Journal:
Sources: Apple to lease planned curvaceous 777K-square-foot office project at Central and Wolfe in Sunnyvale  —  Second Apple “spaceship” to land in Sunnyvale — deal sealed with Landbank Investments (Slideshow)  —  Apple Inc. has landed its second spaceship — this time, in Sunnyvale …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
East Texas judge shuts down 168 patent cases filed by most prolific patent troll of 2014, eDekka  —  East Texas judge throws out 168 patent cases in one fell swoop  —  Judge's order puts the most litigious patent troll of 2014 out of business.  —  The most prolific patent troll of last year …
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
ASUS signs patent licensing deal with Microsoft, will pre-install Office suite on its Android devices  —  Microsoft, ASUS sign combined Android patent, Office bundling deal  —  Is Microsoft making Office software and services part of its Android-patent-licensing negotiation terms?
Martin Brinkmann / gHacks Technology News:
Adblock extension for Chrome and Safari sold to unidentified buyer, joins Adblock Plus' Acceptable Ads program  —  Adblock for Chrome sold, joins Adblock Plus' Acceptable Ads program  —  Ad blocking is becoming a business.  While there are still many extensions out there that are not monetized …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Tumblr now allows users to hide their blogs from the web, making them accessible only via dashboard and native mobile apps  —  Tumblr now lets you hide your blog from the internet  —  Tumblr today introduced a feature that lets you hide your blog from the web so its content can only be viewed …
Financial Times:
Apple buys UK-based speech technology start-up VocalIQ  —  Tim Bradshaw in San Francisco, Sally Davies and Murad Ahmed in London  —  Apple has acquired a UK-based start-up whose artificial-intelligence software helps computers and people speak to each other in a more natural dialogue, according to people familiar with the deal.
Jai Vijayan / darkREADING:
Researchers find curious Linux.WiFatch malware on tens of thousands of routers and IoT devices that appears to be securing infected systems  —  And Now A Malware Tool That Has Your Back  —  In an unusual development, white hat malware is being used to secure thousands of infected systems, not to attack them, Symantec says.

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